1861 in sports

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1861 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Baseball[edit]

National championship

Events

  • The National Association establishes the December annual meeting, a change from March, meeting twice during calendar 1860. Membership slips from 59 to 55 clubs and then the outbreak of the American Civil War in the spring sharply cuts both inter-city travel and the number of matches played in greater New York City. Some clubs practically disband.

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • 18 June — Jem Mace defeats Sam Hurst in eight rounds at Medway Island to win the Heavyweight Championship of England. Hurst retires from boxing.[1]
  • John C. Heenan retains the Championship of America but there is no record of any fights involving him in 1861.[2]

Cricket[edit]

Events

England

Football[edit]

Events

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

Events

  • The inaugural running of the Melbourne Cup in Australia is won by Archer. The Melbourne Cup is a race for three-year-olds and above, over a distance of 3,200 metres (approximately two miles).

England

Australia

Canada

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Other events

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – John C. Heenan. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.